Norwich City sign Scotland Under-19 prospect Conor McGrandles from Falkirk

Conor McGrandles has joined Norwich City from Falkirk. Picture: PA Conor McGrandles has joined Norwich City from Falkirk. Picture: PA

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
6:38 PM

Young Falkirk midfielder Conor McGrandles has joined Norwich City.

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The 18-year-old has signed a three-year contract with an option for a further 12 months and links up again with City assistant manager Gary Holt, who he was managed by at the Scottish Championship club last season.

Officially McGrandles joins for an undisclosed fee but Falkirk have described that fee as a club-record sale for them, even before add-on fees are considered.

“Conor comes highly recommended by Gary after his time there as manager,” City manager Neil Adams told his club’s official website.

“He’s a dynamic, combative player who can be used anywhere across the midfield, and he’s already played plenty of games so he has the ability to compete at senior level.”

McGrandles made 82 senior appearances for the Bairns, scoring eight goals, after making his professional debut aged just 16.

The Scotland Under-19 international added: “It feels brilliant to be here, a dream come true really. I never expected it to happen so quick, but I’m just really delighted to be here.

“I know Gary Holt through our time at Falkirk and he was a big factor in me coming here. He told me all about the place and sold it really well.”

McGrandles had also been linked with Aston Villa this summer but the Canaries have managed to secure the teenager’s signature.

His profile on Falkirk’s official website describes McGrandles as: “A tricky and skilful wide man who is a great asset in setting up chances and taking them too.

“Likes nothing better than using his dribbling skills to get to the byeline and squaring the ball back into the danger area. Comfortable on either wing, the Banknock lad is an amazing talent at only 18 years of age.”

Falkirk boss Peter Houston told his club’s website: “Conor was always a player who was going to move on and play at a higher level. This was a fantastic opportunity for him and we wish him well at Norwich.

“It is also fantastic for our club – an endorsement of our commitment to our academy and to bringing young players into the first team at a very early stage.

“We said we will only sell another player this window if the offer was absolutely exceptional. This was – and it allows us to strengthen the team and have the funds to look at other developments at the club.”

31 comments

  • Och Dr Cameron, I think that I feel old age creeping up on me. Aye, Janet, that'll be me.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • "Och..We've just had a noo yung Doctor join oor surgery Dr.McGrandles ye ken..? He comes highly recommended bar both Dr.McHolt an' Dr.O'Neil (who used t'work here if ye remember..?). Heel be covering the area frum old granny McHaggis's croft at Tannochbrae right doon tae Loch Invergeche. Och Aye we're hoping fer great things from him ye noo..?"...Sorry Canary Down Under...I couldn't resist !

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    Timbo

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • I definitely don't see why Josh's success should be a negative for Nathan. He's not the first young player who had an aspect of his game to be improved. We are building a fantastic new generation to be steadied by an experienced older generation. It almost looks like a plan! On a different note, any thoughts on the new "chat" function?

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Hear! Hear! on that Chris Martin remark, EgyptiCan. I felt that Chris had had his final drink at the Last Chance Saloon. He had the triple benefits of working with Lambo, Holty and Wes in one of the most exciting periods of City`s recent history. He did very well in L1, then along came a bit of competition in the form of Simeon. Then came Morison. CM had an injury or two and seemed to drift out of the reckoning, even under Lambo. Then along came Hughton. No striker had a chance then. The change has been good for Martin. I`ve only seen snippets of him on The Football League Show, but he really does look the part now, certainly at Champ level. He was so close to leapfrogging Naaridge into the Prem, too. Lucky ol` Barra` `Arry fluked the prize. Derby should be a force to be reckoned with again. BrollyWally seems to have found his niche. So does Chris.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • I hope we do keep Nates after all look at Chris Martin if, he had been managed better it could have been NCFC that would be getting what is clearly the best from him. As others have said if NA can't do it for him there's not much hope that anyone else can.

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    Egyptian canary

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • On the Redmond debate - we are all quite rightly singing the praises of Josh and doing a comparison with Nate with Josh at times being the more popular. I look at the performances Nate's put in for England which leads to me to believe that there is something to be salvaged. If you then compare the time Josh had under NA's tutelage with the time Nate has, I would be willing to keep the lad here and see what NA can achieve over a longer period. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • You are right in what you say there, Trucker. Without wishing to mention the "H-Word" too often, poor Nates laboured under that drab régime at Brum before he even came to Norwich. Many have commented that he plays better for the England U-21s. A clue there, maybe? If Adams & Co. can`t get Nates tuned to perfection, nobody can. Let`s hope he stays long enough for us to find out. Btw; my last post has been reformatted and the `Smiley` restored to health. :-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • So, how did this happen? I thought we were supposed to struggle in the transfer market this season as we didn't have a management team with any experience or that could attract good players? Really finding it difficult to remember such an active transfer window or one where the potential quality of the signings is so high. Praise must go to the whole team for creating the right environment to make this happen. I'm really looking forward to the season!

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    Jandki

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Now my smiley`s been dissected. ;-( Conor McGrandles has played a lot of professional football for one so young. He must be a robust lad - the Scottish Championship is not the sort of league that suits flimsy types like, say, Wolfswinkel. Perhaps he takes after `Old Three-Lungs`?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Very happy with Conor signing but don't see this as a threat to Nathan Redmond. I know some of the posters on here think we ought too cash in if the price is right and others don't think he'll improve but I'll differ on this. All too often we read of "flair" players having their natural attacking tendencies coached out of them. I think Neil Adms as an ex winger can see something a lot of us can't, and will let Nathan develop at his own pace, hopefully into a full international wearing the yellow and green in the Premier League.

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    Trucker

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • canarydownunder; I have said something very similar on an earlier board. In addition to Neil`s mentorship, we also have one D. Huckerby lurking somewhere at Carra... I can see why people might believe that Redmond is not improving, but we have to take into account the fact that he laboured under the old régime. Twice!! It could take a while to get that out of his system. The poor lad may be traumatized! Nice anagram, NMTD!! So rats` nest. Or, after the early exit from the League Cup, `Aston rests`. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • We like lean and hungry and he certain looks like he could do with a feed! I'll resist from airing the Dr Finlay jokes again Timbo, MB. Regarding Redmond, he couldn't have a better mentor than NA to help him improve his game. He can be a match-winner. I hope he stays.

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    canarydownunder

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Well, all I'll say is that given that Southampton have been quoted as offering our estimate of his value and we turned them down, it suggests the powers that be in the club beg to differ to your good selves. Agree that Josh is a hot property though.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • I think it's time to cash in on Redmond if the right price is offered.He shows no signs of improvement and if he doesn't his value will not increase and may get less.Josh will be a better player anyway.

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    irongloves

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • sorry about the repetition of exciting. I'm clearly getting too excited ...

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    e18 canary

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Josh Murphy has shown that he has got more footballing sense than Redmond. He should start against Bournemouth. Redmond always showed loads of promise but couldn't deliver (and doesn't know the meaning of 'pass'). Mc Grandles is a really exciting signing. This season is getting exciting, What a shame about Villa this evening!!

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    e18 canary

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • With Gary Holt's first-hand knowledge of him there can't really be much uncertainty about McGrandles. Seems odd to think in terms of eitheror regarding the Murphys and Redmond. They're all players that do us proud with their attitudes and performances, particularly for such a young group of players. It'd be very surprising if they weren't all needed in a 46-game league season and two cup competitions to boot. As for such categoric statements that Redmond, a 19-year old 'won't get any better', that's pretty extraordinary when you consider that the usual peak is generally reckoned to be about 27 to 29 years old.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Redmond on his way - Murphy taking his place with Conor as cover?

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • I love your greeting Egyptian Canary ! You think he'll want a guided tour of Sheringham or Cromer then..?

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Redmond will not get any "Better" There is clearly a lack of footballing brain to go with the pace unfortunately.

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    A fine city

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • I suppose we might also be expecting to lose Surman. Should Redmond go, we do have Josh & Jacob coming through, but I hope Nates stays. I wonder what Falkirk`s club-record sale was before this - and the currency, pre-1707?? They`ll be back on that again soon... Great name; McGrandles! Hopefully, NA is on the CB case. That was nearly a smart anagram, nmtd. 2 x S short, and an excess R. As long as vis bwings us a bitta extwa quali`y in ver final furd...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Longstarter, perhaps this is a contingency just in case we're raided on deadline day .......... nothing wrong with bolstering the squad, a squad that is quite short in numbers compared to others ........... OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Any signing which makes it more likely that Redmond will leave is a mistake. He is class and will only get better.

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    Lastsongster

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • How many midfielders do we need? We are blessed with players that would grace a Premiership club midfield (hello, Man U). Isn't central defence where we need some cover?

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    Lastsongster

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • We get Jerome from stoke who are interested in Redman and now we have a Redman style player, I wonder. However welcome Mac G.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • I am sure Gary Holt knows what he is bringing in here, could be a very good signing. I hope so !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • If this is a signing to compete with the rest of the squad for a starting XI then I applaud NA. To sign an 18 year old with a view to 'adding something extra to the squad' as we're always told shows the belief GH has in Conor .......... NA is beginning to give me a warm glow inside - OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Good news indeed. A very warm welcome to this fine city and, the fantastic coastal areas of the county.

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    Egyptian canary

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Yes, looks a good prospect. Does this mean goodbye to Redderz??

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    Green man

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Excellent news. Feels good to beat Villa to something. A great prospect with considerable experience. Welcome Conor.

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    Trucker

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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